The redheaded stepchildren of the 90s are back and they are coming out full steam ahead. 98 degrees released their first album in 13 years, 2.0, today and while they were everyone’s guilty pleasure back during the golden era of pop, this album brings you equal amounts of classic 98 Degrees plus a touch of a new school with a hint of somewhat subtle sexually innuendoes.
The album isn’t really what I expected, especially after hearing Microphone. I thought it would be a bunch of men in their mid 30 (can I just say that they look like they haven’t even aged since 2002) singing about sex and getting girls in the club. Surprisingly, Microphone is the only song with any “hidden sexual messages”. Most of the songs on the album are normal 98 Degrees style lyrics and music. The album kinda of reminds me of the new Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience. It’s that blend of pop music with a R&B kind of beat that makes this album what it is. The album is good time and feature ballads, that is 98 Degrees’ speciality.
What didn’t work?: Well, I know that this was a common theme with them before they spilt but Nick Lachey is pretty much featured on most of the songs (He even starts the majority of them). And then when it wasn’t Nick, it was Jeff. While Nick’s voice is the most publicly known and Jeff’s voice match his soulful vocals, it would have been nice to hear Drew and Justin more (especially since Drew is now more relevant than the rest due to his dancing ability). This awkward to hear them since songs about being in a club at first since they all are either married, have kids, and/or both. While I totally understand and get that people still goes to clubs in their mid to late 30s, it’s just something that is less heard of so when you do hear about it-it’s controversial.
Overall, I recommend listening to the album because it’s a quality album (it even has acoustic versions of two classic 98 degree songs).
Rating: 3.5 degrees out of 5
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